È esattamente quello che fecero migliaia di ragazzi americani volontari, desiderosi di volare e di far parte della macchina che avrebbe annientato Hitler. Stephen E. Ambrose racconta la storia di «cittadini in uniforme» diventati «tigri in battaglia», come se fossero i ragazzi della porta accanto, un'altra «banda di fratelli». Filo conduttore della narrazione è il senatore George McGovern, considerato dai compagni uno dei migliori piloti di B-24. McGovern giunge in Italia con il 741° gruppo, precisamente alla base aerea di Cerignola in Puglia, e da lì compirà trentacinque missioni sulla Germania e l'Austria, tra il novembre 1944 e il marzo 1945. Il libro descrive anche la progettazione e la produzione del B-17 e del B-24, esaminandone le caratteristiche tecniche, lo studio delle formazioni di volo e l'addestramento richiesto per «domare» quei due aerei. La vita degli aviatori è descritta e analizzata in tutti gli aspetti, in particolare quelli psicologici, così come vengono illustrati gli effetti dei bombardamenti strategici o tattici e il loro contributo alla vittoria finale. Raggiunta la quale, tutti i B-24 ' salvo tre ' furono ridotti in rottami o lasciati arrugginire nelle isole del Pacifico.
- ISBN: 885020762X
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 312
Slow down with that zipping and zooming about, whipper-snapper! This is a far tamer tale. Like the planes Stephen E. Ambrose is describing herein, his prose plods along at a steady, satisfying pace. These are not jet fighters, these are workhorses carrying out a task. The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Leggi tutto
From the back cover I thought I would be getting the story of the 741 Squadron and, in particular, the crew of the Dakota Queen. What you actually get is the story of George McGovern from early days through his training and onto the end of the Second World War. Very little time is spent with any of
Note that I wrote this review before the plagarism controversy. See my review of Wings Over Morning Ambrose became a widely popular popularizer of World War II history and he has managed to churn out several in the past few years that focus on the common soldier experience. Joseph Heller, author of C Leggi tutto
This is the second Ambrose's book I've read since Band of Brothers. It tells about the experiences of B-24 bomber crews in World War II; 741st Squadron, 455th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force, to be exact. The stories are from the beginning, i.e. the crews’ background, their vigorous training (the high re Leggi tutto
This is an very well documented and well-written book about being a bomber pilot during the Second World War. The main character, George McGovern, is not painted well enough to overcome his embarrasing defeat running against Nixon, but Ambrose makes it clear that while McGovern may not have been the Leggi tutto
I read this book many years ago and enjoyed. This time I listened to the audiobook version. Stephen Ambrose always told a good story and this one is just as good as any of his fine books. The main character in the story is George McGovern who most people recognize as the South Dakota senator who ran f Leggi tutto
While the title and cover would lead one to believe The Wild Blue is about B-24s, it is more a biography about George McGovern, U.S. Senator and Presidential Candidate. It was incredibly interesting to learn details about the B-24s and the conditions that the men stationed in Italy lived in during Wo Leggi tutto
This book is good enough to overcome Stephen Ambrose's usual faults. There's a little of the the "breathlessness" that often overwhelms his works, but he manages to keep his style out of the way of the material. Or maybe I was just fine with it, as I have met a few of the men who flew the B-24 Liber Leggi tutto
A few months ago I read The Rising Tide, an account on the North African campaign of WWII by Jeff Shaara. That was really the first historical novel that I have read. Obviously textbooks are informative, but I have learned so much more through these novels. I have always loved learning about the Wor Leggi tutto
Ambrose had a wonderful ability to take what would seem like an almost-unmanageably large chunk of history and distill it into a tiny sliver that clarified the history and made the events more personal and vivid. That talent shines through in this book. A lesser writer would have tried to write abou Leggi tutto
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